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Life at College can be rewarding, fun and exciting, but it can also be a time of stress and worry. There may already be a whole range of difficulties and dilema’s affecting you, making your life difficult to manage and scary to navigate. It may begin to feel overwhelming and too big to manage on your own.

Counselling offers you a safe, confidential non -judgemental space, to focus and reframe your thinking and how you behave, and gain a different perspective. This in turn can lead to changes in how you feel about yourself, your place in the world and relationships.

Some of the issues brought to counselling:

Self- harm
Suicidal thoughts
Pregnancy choices
Flashbacks and nightmares
Gender identity
Divorce and separation
Eating disorders
Reactive trauma
Bereavement and loss

And many more.

The College Counsellor is Geri Cole , she works out of the Wellbeing Hub in room S051.
If you feel you would like a confidential conversation with Geri please come to a Drop in – this is a 10 minute session (initial assessment) for you to discuss how you are feeling and together make a plan of a way forward. This may include weekly Counselling sessions, working with a Progress coach or being referred to an external agency.


Drop in sessions are held in S051 on:
Mon and Fri between 8.30 and 9.00
Tues and Thurs between 12.00 and 1.00

This is a sit and wait service, no appointments are necessary at this stage.You can also contact Geri by e mail on: or telephone 01246 500 500 extension 1938

What happens in a Counselling session?

If you have been offered Counselling sessions you will have been given an appointment day and time. At the time of your appointment please come to the Wellbeing Hub room S051 ( Counselling room) please arrive on time for your appointment.

Each Counselling sessions last for 45 to 50 minutes.

You will be encouraged to express yourself freely in each session.

Before the end of each session you will be given time to regulate yourself ready for life back in the College environment, you may be given a mini mindfulness session.
If you require a further appointment, this will be arranged and given to you before you leave.

For Learners off campus we offer Telephone Counselling. Please contact Geri to discuss further and arrange an initial appointment. There is no cost to you as Geri will call you at an agreed time and date- please ensure you are able to speak freely and for the duration of the session time.

Confidentiality- Anything you say in Counselling is treated as confidential. The only exception to this is if you shared information that meant you or someone else was at risk of harm, or a crime had been committed. If this is the case a member of the Safeguarding team would be informed.

Data Protection- Any information gathered is held securely and in your best interest and to assist me in your therapy, all information is held securely within Chesterfield College Data Protection and GDPR. All information held is relevant, transparent, accurate limited and secure.

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